2017 SuperQuest Fall Conference

2017 SuperQuest Fall Conference

October 14, 2017 (Saturday)
West Salem High School | 1776 Titan Dr NW | Salem, OR 97304

SuperQuest is a high__is FREE and includes continental breakfast, complimentary lunch and workshops.


All-Day Courses

Bringing Tech Experiences to Elementary Students (Stacy Boost)

My intent is to give teachers a hands on experience with coding and robotics to see that there are wonderful opportunities for elementary school students to give them a taste of technology and programming. I want to show teachers that you don’t need a degree in computer programming to give students a meaningful exposure to programming.  (Un-cancelled! 9/28/17)

LEGO Robotics (Don Domes)

This workshop is designed for you to develop skills with programming and mechanical around the LEGO EV3 or NXT brick. Curriculum that you can take home with video supports is provided. The curriculum is being used with 100’s of students and solves many of the issues that instructors have run into when working with groups of students in school and in out of school programs. The instruction is highly individualized, come join us and we will facilitate you learning at your level. No prior experience is needed!

VEX Robotics (Greg Smith)

Whether coaching a competitive VEX Robotics team or looking to incorporate a cost effective robotics platform into your in school or afterschool program, this session is for you. This is a hands-on workshop where participants will get firsthand experience designing, building, driving and programming a robot using the VEX platform. Participants will use the VEX ‘Virtual Worlds’ as well as the physical VEX kit to complete challenges that will build your confidence and ability. For the high fliers we will have a complete VEX  Robotics Competition (VRC) field for you to experience what competitive teams will face this fall.  Bring your own VEX Kit if you have one.  There will be a limited number of VEX kits available at the event.  Be sure to sign up and bring a friend.

Code.org K-5 Curriculum Workshop (Chris Bartlo)

Come learn about the newly refreshed Code.org curriculum! This is a hands-on workshop where we will look at the online and unplugged activities in CS Fundamentals A-F. We will talk about the big changes from the original Code.org courses and discuss effective implementation (for both in school and as an after school activity). Every attendee will take home a curriculum guide and Code.org swag bag!  (Just added! 09/22/2107)

75 Minute Courses (each offered twice)

Advising HS students for college (Andrew Scholer): Sessions TBD

In this session, attendees will explore teaching strategies that will maximize teaching efficiency. “Teaching smarter not harder” will be the theme of the session. Attendees will explore current publically available, teaching resources that will allow the instruction and learning management to move to a higher level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Attendees will also learn how to implement a Program of Study, offer dual credit, promote the AS-OT college pathway and take advantage of the ODE Career Pathway funding. We will examine CS curriculum and sequence for all levels of secondary learners.  Examples of CS student projects will be presented.

Beyond the Bell CS programs and activities (Terrel Smith): Sessions TBD

We will explore CS Family Nights, CTE Community Nights, competition clubs, “birds of a feather” clubs as well as clubs for the fun of high tech tinkering and making. We will focus on the marketing, promotion and academic extension of high tech education in your school and community. You will walk away with strategies for establishing and enhancing high tech education programs in your K-12 system.

Computer Science For All Oregon Students (Jill Hubbard): Sessions TBD

Are you a high school teacher developing an inclusive, rigorous, equity based computer science program of study? This workshop will introduce you to national frameworks and curriculum intentionally designed with an equity lens, including both content and pedagogy, that any certified teacher can teach. We will also share National Science Foundation funded professional development opportunities.

Digital Badges and Micro-credentials (Randy Macdonald): Sessions TBD

This workshop will introduce some of the pedagogical concepts behind the use of Open Digital Badges and Micro-credentials in the K-12 classroom. I will also briefly cover some of their technical aspects and show participants how they can get started by using Badgr, an open-source platform for issuing and managing Open Badges.

Drones In The Classroom (Brian Handy): Sessions TBD

Come learn about how you can implement drones in your classroom! Find out more about programmable drones, FAA regulations, and see a demonstration.

Getting Started with Digital Literacy (Peter Steinfeld/Terry Alexander): Sessions TBD

Are you interested in bringing digital learning into your classroom? This workshop is especially for teachers who are learning along with their students. We will explore different ways to integrate coding and other digital skills into your existing lessons across several disciplines as well as giving you some new lesson plans to take back to your students.

Leading an Hour of Code with CodeHS (Will McCambley): Sessions TBD

The Hour of Code can be a great way to start testing the waters of Computer Science education in your school or district. With CodeHS, it’s easy to get started running a great hour of code, and just as easy to enable students to ride that momentum into further coding education. In this workshop, we will explore how to run an Hour of Code with CodeHS.

Making Canvas work for you (Cady Geer): Sessions TBD

It seems there’s always a new Learning Management System coming along, but Canvas is a pretty good one. Whether you want to dip a toe or dive in come see how a fellow teacher is making Canvas work for her in tech classes.

Oracle Academy (Cassi Elliott): Sessions TBD

Looking for more resources to use in your classroom? Search no more! Oracle Academy is Oracle’s Philanthropic commitment to education. We are a free program that you must join! Attending this presentation will help you learn how to access free software, curriculum, and training that will prove to be valuable in your classroom experience. Regardless of your current membership status we invite all to attend! We will be sharing details about our newest resource releases!

Setting up and Coaching OGPC Teams (Jan Boley): Sessions TBD

Whether you are a teacher, parent, or an enthusiastic volunteer, you can become a coach for Oregon Game Challenge Project teams. Whether coaching students of middle school, high school, local organization’s teams (Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, Campfire Girls, Scouts, etc.), or just a group of your student’s friends, you can help them develop a project to bring to the state-wide competition next spring.
You don’t need to know a computer language, have specific artistic software or hardware. If you have played some video games, other than solitaire, this might be a plus; some example “games” may be shared, too.
Come and find out what you need to know to develop a team and bring them to the annual Main Event for OGPC. It is a great student-centric event that student teams really enjoy attending. Over 50 teams, from around the state, attended last April, with students sharing and learning from each other, playing other’s game projects, and attending workshops in areas of interest. This is a great one-day event the students and their families enjoy.
We will also be sharing information about the student kick-off event, this fall’s OGPC Game Jam. This year’s date and locations information will be shared in the workshop. Students will want to attend this half-day event because they learn about the 2018 OGPC Main Event, and hear about the 2018 Theme.
If you have coached before, you may enjoy sharing your experiences during our discussions, but this may be a fundamental class on how to begin teams; it will be geared to anyone starting this year. Everyone will receive the general information about the 2017-2018 season’s Game Jams while attending this OCSTA event. The Event Theme will be announced – at the Game Jams.

Free wifi will be available sitewide


8:30a-9:00a Registration & Breakfast
9:00a-10:30a Session 1
10:30a-12:00p Session 2
12:00p-1:00p Lunch-n-Learn
Keynote Speaker: Dany Madden, IBM
1:00p-2:30p Session 3
2:30p-4:00p Session 4
Select (1) All Day course. Or select up to (4) total 1.5 hour courses.
Questions? Contact superquest@oregoncsta.org
*note: All-day courses will run from 9:00a-4:00p